New York Yankees: Team threatens to boycott ESPN, fans should too

Aaron Boone, New York Yankees. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Aaron Boone, New York Yankees. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

ESPN is starting a feud with the New York Yankees by scheduling them for Sunday Night Baseball. The game happens to be a night before they play a double-header.

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have been rivals for a long time. Now the Yankees have a new rival, ESPN.

ESPN has picked up the Yankees game against the Blue Jays on July 8 for their Sunday Night Baseball broadcast. That game was originally at 1 p.m. But now, could be at 8 p.m.

Does not seem like a big deal right? Wrong. The problem is that is the Yankees play a make-up doubleheader in Baltimore the next day. That would mean the Yankees would play three games within 24 hours.

As a result of the time change, the Yankees are threatening to boycott all ESPN personnel for the rest of the season. The boycott likely happens if ESPN doesn’t pick a different game for their Sunday Night Baseball game on July 8.

The boycott is set to include the Yankees refusing to take part in any interview with ESPN and they wouldn’t participate in any extra features, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

Officials from the MLB, MLBPA, Yankees, and ESPN are talking about possibly making a compromise for the game.

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“Hopefully it’s still happening behind the scenes and there’s pressure being applied because that’s just not good for the product on the field, for the safety of our guys to be having to go night game then fly into a doubleheader,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told Bill Madden of the New York Daily News. “That’s ridiculous and anyone that would argue with that is not being truthful.”

ESPN picked the Yankee game for July 8 because their lead-up to the game is the All-Star voting announcement is the same night.  ESPN figures with the Yankees being a huge draw, it helps them get viewers for their All-Star voting show.

Also according to Madden, Yankees managing general partner, Hal Steinbrenner, and Yankee President, Randy Levine, called MLB commissioner Rob Manfred asking him to ask ESPN to pick a different game that night.

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ESPN, you need to pick a different game for July 8. If you don’t then the Yankees won’t be the only ones that are boycotting your network. So, please ESPN, let the Yankees sleep on July 8.